Samsung Chef Collection NX58H9950WS Slide-In Gas Range Review
Looks good, cooks even better.
From the Lab
We ran the Samsung Chef Collection NX58H9950WS through a series of rigorous tests, collecting data on everything from boling times to baking uniformity. Scores weren’t perfect—but they were noteworthy. Proof of this range’s cooking power is in the numbers—and in the baked goods.
Oven & Broiler Performance
When it comes to oven testing, we place a lot of weight on how well the oven actually performs when we use it to bake real food. The NX58H9950WS earned decent scores when we used its regular oven setting to bake cakes and cookies, turning out a batch of dark-bottomed cookies, as well as dark-bottomed cakes with patches of browning across their surfaces and around the edges. Not terrible, but not impressive either.
However, performance improved when we switched on the convection setting and tried again. This oven uses true convection, circulating hot air throughout the oven with its three fans to achieve an even temperature throughout. The result? Cookies weren't quite as dark on the bottom. Cakes were more evenly baked than with standard settings, and didn't vary much based on their placement inside the oven..
We also test ovens to see how quickly they preheat to 350°F, as well as how quickly the broiler can reach its goal temperature—in this case, 605°F. The NX58H9950WS had a fast preheat, reaching 350°F in just 7 minutes 35 seconds using regular settings and 7 minutes 25 seconds with convection. The broiler wasn’t fast enough to earn our highest score, but we were pleased enough with its speed. You’ll only have to wait 7 minutes for it to reach that broiling temperature.
As is characteristic of gas rangetops, the NX58H9950WS was unable to reach the kind of high temperatures achievable by electric and induction rangetops. However, its maximum heat should be enough to cook any food you throw at it. The left rear burner, which is meant to be used for general cooking, reached the highest temperature, topping out at 436°F. Surprisingly, the maximum output burner on the right front of the rangetop fell short at 349°F, while the right rear and left front burners neared 400°F with their maximum temps. The center burner is the only one that failed to rise above 300°F, with a max temp of 286°F. That’s not unexpected from a central fish burner.
Low temperatures, however, are a real selling point for this range, and something gas rangetops tend to do well. The NX58H9950WS’s right rear simmer burner dropped to a positively balmy 112°F, perfect for low heat tasks like melting chocolate or, well, simmering. None of the burners had lowest temperatures above 200°F, but we’d avoid the left front burner for delicate rangetop cooking: With a low temperature of 193°F, it had the hottest low temperature out of all five burners.
When we used the rangetop to boil water, we were fairly pleased with its speed. The speedy right front burner brought 6 cups of water to a boil in just 4 minutes 16 seconds, while the left front burner only lagged behind by about a minute and a half. The left rear burner boiled water in a perfectly respectable 9 minutes 49 seconds, but we’d recommend you leave the center burner and right rear simmer burner alone when you’re boiling water, as both took near 20 minutes.
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